Many years ago, I wrote and produced a series pilot for ABC based on a box of dusty papers a hotelier named John Egan had stuffed under his bed. It was the book he’d never shown anyone about his life as a blue-eyed boy from Cincinnati who fought reverse discrimination in a sea of brown.
You’ve found the story you want to tell, you’ve researched the subject, come up with brilliant characters, purchased Final Draft, and put in long hours at the keyboard. You swelled with pride as you wrote “Fade Out.” and then told everyone at the office you were just minutes away from making it big in show biz. [...]
Good screenwriting comes from the assimilation of everything that you have read and seen. And that list should include reading as many good screenplays that you can get your hands on. I learned from the bad ones, too, but not at first.